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Europe leads in energy efficiency | 17 July 2012

A new energy indicator has crowned the UK, Germany and Japan are the most energy efficient of the world’s 12 biggest global economies, sustainablebusiness.com reports.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has published the results of its first ever International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks economies against the three sectors ‘primarily responsible for energy consumption’: buildings, industry and transportation.

The economies were ranked in accordance to the efforts made to reduce pollution within those sectors, taking into account policy and performance metrics, i.e. if a national fuel reduction target is in place and the amount of energy produced by a country in relation to its gross domestic product.

The UK topped the list, followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and France. The European Union, Australia and China tied in sixth place, while the USA, Brazil, Canada and Russia trailed respectively from ninth to last place. The UK, scoring 67 points out of 100, was commended for its efforts within industry and transportation. Germany, scoring 66 points, was hailed for its national policy.

These economies combined account for 63 per cent of global energy consumption, 62 per cent of carbon emissions and 78 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product.

However, report author Sarah Hayes believes that energy efficiencies are still not being totally realised. She told energydigital.com: “While energy efficiency has played a major role in the economies of the developed nations for decades, cost-effective energy efficiency remains a massively underutilised energy resource.

“Fortunately, there is a lot countries can do to strengthen their economic competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency.”

Written by Elizabeth Smythe on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author

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